Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Names Heidi Fagerholm as New Head of Advanced Technologies

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany today announced that Heidi Fagerholm will join the company as Head of the Advanced Technologies business unit within the Performance Materials business sector.

11 SEP 2017 | Darmstadt, Germany
  • Heidi Fagerholm joins Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, from global chemical company Kemira
  • As of November 15, 2017 she will be in charge of the Advanced Technologies business unit within Performance Materials  

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, today announced that Heidi Fagerholm, currently Chief Technology Officer and member of the Management Board of Kemira, a global chemical company serving customers in water-intensive industries, will join the company as Head of the Advanced Technologies business unit within the Performance Materials business sector. She will start at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, on November 15, 2017 and will be based in Darmstadt, Germany.

Heidi Fagerholm has served in various leadership and executive management roles including her most recent position as Chief Technology Officer. In this capacity, she led Kemira’s global R&D and Technology function, including more than 250 scientists and professionals based at three global R&D centers in Espoo, Finland, Atlanta, Georgia (USA), and Shanghai, China. She has a Masters and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Abo Akademi University in Finland.

“I am very excited to welcome Heidi to our company as I am confident that her fresh perspective and extensive knowledge will be invaluable assets to Performance Materials and help us to leverage new technologies to strengthen our position as a leader in science and technology,” said Kai Beckmann, Member of the Executive Board of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and CEO Performance Materials.

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About Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 50,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions. In 2016, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated sales of € 15.0 billion in 66 countries.

Founded in 1668, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, holds the global rights to the „Merck” name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.